Pawsitive Friendships is a local 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 by Tosha Tharp whose son had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome) at the age of four.
In an effort to keep her son engaged during their therapy sessions at home, she discovered that by incorporating their French Bulldog Zoe into each exercise, her son became more compliant, focusing, not on the exercise, but on Zoe. His remarkable progress prompted Tosha to train Zoe as a therapy dog, culminating in their becoming a registered Pet Therapy team through Pet Partners. It also prompted her to expand their positive experience to reach other families struggling with the same issues.
Now, as an organization, Pawsitive Friendships focuses on occupational, speech and behavioral therapies and uses its ever-increasing number of volunteer registered Pet Therapy teams to help special needs children improve their motor, communication and social skills, self-regulation and compliance.
We currently have 60+ therapy teams not only consisting of dogs, but mini horses, pigs, goats and birds. We provide services to facilities such as Foundation for Blind Children, Upward for Children and Families, Hope Academy for Autism, Empower Academy, Milestone Pediatrics and more.
We are always looking for more volunteers and community partners. Don't hesitate to give us a call to find out how you or your company can get involved.
3317 S. Higley Rd. #114-778
Gilbert, Arizona 85297
This address is mailing only. We work onsite at a variety of schools and clinics.
- Animal Therapy for special needs children
- Tax Credit organization
- Volunteer opportunities
- Sponsorship opportunities for:
- Exceptional Prom (prom for high schoolers with special needs)
- REV'D UP for Autism Car and Bike Show (all makes and models)